Born 28th January 1847 in Balerno
Died 9th November 1930 in Edinburgh, aged 83
Proposer of the Toast “The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns” 1893
Proposer of the Toast “The Lasses” 1888
James Jnr. was a member of ‘Let it Blaw’ in the earliest days of the Club. Being the eldest son of Founder Member James Fairbairn Snr, it seems reasonable to assume that he and his two younger brothers were probably amongst “the Twenty-three Gentlemen” who attended the Club’s first Supper in 1881.
His youngest bother, John Fairbairn, was the first Secretary of the Club and held office for over 50 years while the middle of the three boys, David B. Fairbairn, was President of the Club on many occasions, and a regular contributor at Club events.
It’s unknown precisely when James Jnr. left the Balerno area but he headed for Edinburgh where he became a Master Printer.
James died at his home in Glengyle Crescent, Edinburgh in 1930. His great grandson, James David Lawson Fairbairn, born in Edinburgh in 1935, currently (summer 2014) stays in Gullane.